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Arts Facts using CADAC Data: A Portrait of Artist-run Centres

02 November 2015
Subject: CADAC

Prepared by the Research and Evaluation Section, in collaboration with the Visual Arts Section, this report highlights CADAC (Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada) facts on a sampling of artist-run centres in Canada. Using CADAC data, the report provides a picture of Canada Council funded visual arts organizations in Canada, their activities and organizational stability.

The data in the report centres on four themes: economic impact; Canadian art reaching audiences; access to the arts; and public participation and support. Some of the key findings from the 2013 report on artist-run centres in Canada are:

  • More than $13M in public investment and $2.7M in private support went to these ARCs;
  • 4,369 artists were featured in 686 local exhibitions attracting more than 625K in attendance;
  • Over 4,270 participants in the 323 professional training programs and development activities created by these ARCs;
  • More than 44K in attendance and participants in 1,135 arts education and arts learning activities that add value to the artistic programming activities.

A similar report on art museums / public art galleries is also available here.

CADAC is a web‐based system which has now been in place for five years and is beginning to provide a rich source of reliable data on almost 2,000 Canadian arts organizations (https://www.thecadac.ca/).